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Taylor Swift: New Country-Pop Star 泰勒•斯威芙特:甜美乡村小天后


By Andrew Frye
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Taylor Swift became one of country-pop’s brightest and youngest faces in 2006, when the 16-year-old vocalist released her first album. Although new to the American public, Taylor had been performing since early childhood, taking inspiration and encouragement from her opera-singing grandmother.

Taylor Alison Swift was born on December 13, 1989 in Reading, Pennsylvania. Growing up, she developed a love for country music, especially Patsy Cline and Dolly Parton. By the age of 10, she began performing around her hometown, at festivals, fairs and sang at karaoke contests.

She sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” before a Philadelphia 76ers game at the age of 11; she started writing songs the following year, and this was the same time she got her first guitar. She began practicing her guitar skills for several hours each day, only stopping when her fingers began to bleed. Taylor’s parents realized their child’s dedication and began making regular visits to Nashville, where Taylor would perform casually and meet with songwriters in the area. The family then decided to move from their native Pennsylvania to an outlying Nashville suburb, which accelerated Taylor’s career.

At 13, Taylor Swift signs with RCA Records. A year later, she gets out of the contract because she doesn’t want to sing other writer’s songs. At the age of 14, she became the youngest songwriter signed to a publishing deal with Sony/ATV.

While performing at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, Taylor caught the eye of music industry veteran Scott Borchetta, who signed her to his newly formed label. Taylor joined the roster at Big Machine Records and released her debut single, “Tim McGraw,” in August 2006, and a career was born. The song drew upon her experience as a lovelorn high-school student, a theme that Taylor revisited throughout her self-titled debut album. “She has a real inner vision, a real inner directedness ,” says Scott Borchetta.

Her self-titled debut was released in 2006. She says she isn’t afraid of the tough country music industry: “Not by any measure I’m intimidated by the fear of being average.” It hit the top of the charts and has eventually sold over 2.5 million copies, earning the young star a Platinum album .

Taylor Swift gained a huge following through her MySpace page early on in her career. She made a point to connect personally with fans every day, and answer questions, and it has grown so much that she’s become the No. 1 Country artist on Myspace. In April 2007, when she won CMT’s Breakthrough Video award which was her first award, she thanked her “Myspace fans”. She was so ecstatic and said she would bring the award on the road with her when she went on tour with Brad Paisley , later that year, which she did. She even let fans pose with the award.

Before the end of the year, and her 18th birthday, she would reach another milestone, as her single “Our Song” became her first No. 1 song. Not only was it No. 1, but it remained in the position for six weeks.

In 2008, Taylor continued touring, which she loves so much. She released her sophomore release, titled Fearless. Like the first album, it contains songs she’s written and co-written. Fearless, tops the Billboard charts with 592,000 copies sold in its first week. Rolling Stone calls Taylor “a songwriting savant with an intuitive gift for verse-chorus-bridge architecture. If she ever tires of stardom, she could retire to Sweden and make a fine living churning out hits for Kelly Clarkson and Katy Perry.” Fearless resides at No. 1 for more than six straight weeks and earns Taylor Album of the Year at the Academy of Country Music awards.

Taylor also received a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist, an award she ultimately lost to Amy Winehouse . The country music darling also lands on PEOPLE’s Most Beautiful list. On March 2009, Taylor, 19, gets candid on the cover of Rolling Stone. Whatever she does, you can be sure it will be a success!





泰勒有一次在纳什维尔的蓝鸟咖啡厅表演时,引起了一位资深唱片业人士斯科特•博切达的注意。刚刚成立唱片公司的斯科特决定将泰勒签下来。于是,泰勒加入了Big Machine唱片公司,并在2006年8月发行了自己的第一首单曲《蒂姆•麦格劳》,正式开启了她的歌唱生涯。这首歌描写了一位饱受相思之苦的高中女生,而这正是泰勒的亲身经历。这个主题也贯穿了她的第一张个人同名专辑。斯科特•博切达评价道:“她的确有自己的视角,并有很深的感触。”






. vocalist: 声乐家,歌手。
. Patsy Cline: 佩茜•克莱恩,20世纪五六十年代美国著名乡村歌手;Dolly Parton: 多莉•帕顿,20世纪六七十年代美国著名乡村歌手。
. The Star-Spangled Banner: 美国国歌,中文译名《星条旗永不落》;Philadelphia 76ers: 费城76人队。NBA中的一支球队,主场设在费城。
. dedication: 专心致志;Nashville: 纳什维尔,美国田纳西州首府,被誉为“美国乡村音乐的发源地”。
. accelerate: 加速,推动。
.veteran: 老手,富有经验的人。
. roster: 花名册;debut: 初次登场,首次上场。
. lovelorn: 害相思病的,失恋的;self-titled: 以自己名字命名的。
. directedness: 定向,控制。
. Platinum album: 白金唱片。在美国,销量超过100万张的唱片为白金唱片。
. following: 追随者;MySpace: 在中国被称为“聚友网”,是美国最大的互动交友网站之一。
. CMT: 美国乡村音乐电视大奖,全称为“Country Music Television”。
. Brad Paisley: 布拉德•派斯利,美国著名乡村歌手。
. Billboard: 美国《公示牌》杂志,创办于1894,内容包含许多音乐种类的介绍与排行榜,具有权威性。
. verse: 歌曲或诗歌中的段落;chorus: 副歌,叠句,是流行歌曲的主要部分。
. churn out: 大量制作;粗制滥造。有贬义,用在此处是为了表明泰勒的创作速度很快;Kelly Clarkson and Katy Perry: 凯莉•克拉克森和凯蒂•派瑞,美国新晋流行歌手。
. Academy of Country Music: 美国乡村音乐学院奖。
. Amy Winehouse: 艾米•怀恩豪斯,英国著名流行歌手。